A Denton police officer shot during a traffic stop Tuesday morning remains in critical but stable condition Wednesday and is showing signs of improvement, according to Chief of Police Frank Dixon.
Urbano Rodriguez Jr., a five-year veteran of the Denton Police Department, was shot twice, once in the head and once in the leg, during a traffic stop on West University Drive a few minutes after midnight Tuesday.
Dixon said after Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday that his recovery chances were "favorable."
Rodriguez underwent a second surgery on his leg Wednesday, Denton police tweeted.
The shooting happened after Rodriguez confronted two people in a car about smelling marijuana, according to court documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
Please keep our family in your prayers. Media, please see Assistant Chief Smith at our 3:45am presser. I am returning home immediately. I want to thank @CarrolltonTXPD and @FBTXPD for their assistance with getting the suspects detained and our partner agencies for their help. https://t.co/0wPOpdQKMu— Frank Dixon (@Chief_Dixon2746) October 29, 2019
Antwon Pinkston and Michele Stacey were booked into the Denton County Jail in connection with the shooting. They were both shot in the arm when a back-up officer returned fire, said Dixon.
Pinkston is charged with attempted capital murder and is held on a $5 million bond. Stacey is jailed only on a probation violation but more charges are possible, police said.
Both suspects were briefly treated for superficial wounds and transferred to the Denton County Jail.
"We know him as being a very tough officer but compassionate," Dixon said. "He's a fighter but he truly cares about our community."